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Welcome to Larissa's Page
Hi my name is Larissa, I'm Randy and Rosie's 17 (almost 18) year old daughter.
My "specialty" at Family Loved Labs includes helping pick out puppies for customers, updating website and ads with mom, and training our dogs. My favorite part has always been and probably always will be training the dogs. They each have a different personality and it's fun for me to develop the instincts they already have towards something they can excel at with the help of another human.
For me raising English Labs is more fun and a joy rather then a business. Being able to see that each one of the dogs are happy, healthy, beautiful, LOVING Labrador Retrievers brings so much fun into my life. I found a saying on the web several years ago. It said "Labs are not my whole life.... But they make my life whole". That is one of my favorite sayings and really explains what the labs bring into all of our lives. I hope that through these pictures and stories you will see how much we care and love our dogs; and how much they care and love us back.
We live on 80 acres in a great, but cold state in the winter. Minnesota!!!
This family picture was taken at Angela and Judah's wedding
My Mom Rosie is the one who takes the calls and does all the pictures on the website. I help her with some of the ads and such, and am learning a lot from her. She's really quick to return calls and get people new pictures.
On mom's birthday, us kids had mom and dad go out to eat and then we put
birthday hats on her two favorite girls (Summer and Dove). It was really fun
and mom loved it!!
My Dad Randy, trains the Labs for hunting and does the vaccinations, worming, and chores. Watching him train is lots of fun. He's very patient with them, and you can tell that the dogs love him.
Angela is the oldest of us kids. She loves coming home to see the dogs. Angela got married to my brother in-law Judah on Sept 19th, 2010, here in MN. They received a puppy for their wedding present; and last year in March they got another wonderful gift, a beautiful baby boy! Below are pictures of the family.
My older brother Christian graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree and is married to my sister in-law Hannah. They are wanting to get a puppy soon, once they have a place where they allow dogs.
The youngest in our family is my 11 year old brother Trevor. This year is his 5th year in 4-H, but his second year being old enough to go to State. The past years he was taking my mom's dog Summer. But he now has a dog of his own, Diamond. It's really cool to watch Trevor working so hard with Diamond so she can be the best. Trevor right now thinks that Diamond is the one being trained, but he is and will be learning just as much - if not more. Last year he earned a Grand and Reserve Champion for Obedience and Rally. So he went to State with Diamond and received a Reserve Champion AT STATE! We are all SO proud of Trevor.
~ Below are all the activities our family has had with the dogs from 2013 - mid 2014. ~
Towards the end of June I participated in our county 4-H dog show with Kindle and Cayenne. Trevor was also going to show his dog Diamond but because she was due to have puppies over the fair he decided to opt out this year. (Pictures of Diamond's puppies coming soon) The classes Kindle did were Graduate Novice obedience and pre-advanced rally obedience; Cayenne did Novice Obedience, Novice Rally, Elementary Agility, Jumpers 1, and 4 dog team (Four 4-Her's do the obedience routine all at one time). Then I also did brace obedience (where you show two dogs at once) with both dogs. It was a lot to do, but a ton of fun, and the dogs did great! They received 1st or 2nd place in all classes except one.
So wish us luck, because we're going to state!!!
Below are a few pictures from the agility show:
Taking our dogs to a lake is always fun, simply because being a Labrador means that they will have a blast every time (and make for some awesome pictures too). It somehow worked out that whenever we went to a lake these past couple of years, we've taken mostly Summer, Cayenne, or one of our older dogs. As a result, our boy Hero has never actually been swimming. He loves water and tries to dive into every puddle in sight, but hasn't gotten to try out his doggy paddling skills.
So, on Wednesday Trevor and a few of our friends went to a lake nearby with Summer and Hero. After getting them out of the truck, Summer ran out to the lake, and Hero followed. He had a joyful look on his face as he bounded through the water until he realized there was no longer solid ground under his paws. He went under for a few seconds and then came up looking a bit perplexed. We threw his retrieving dummy out in the water and all of a sudden hunt dog instincts took over and Hero "learned how to swim". After that he was in the water all the time, whether he was retrieving something or not.
Now that all the snow has finally melted, we have open land and lots of water in the fields. When we go on walks, I take a camera with knowing exactly what the Labs are thinking! We also bring a few toys with and just watch all the little retrieving games they come up with on one short walk. The dogs in the pictures below are Diamond, Summer, Kindle, and 2 young dogs from past litters.
I have been taking a few of our older English Lab Puppies out for walks lately. As cold as it is outside right now, (Correction: for me it's cold.... the Labs are loving it) it's nice to be able to get out of the house, take a walk, and enjoy capturing a few pictures of the dogs and some of the pretty things we have here in the country. So, below is evidence of our snowy adventures down the "Family Loved Lab" road. Enjoy!
3 years ago I started searching for a male to breed Cayenne to, one that I could keep 1 or 2 puppies out of. I had made phone calls, sent emails, and researched until I found the perfect stud for my girl.
Then late in August of 2011, Cayenne had a beautiful litter of DARK fox red puppies. I was so excited to have this litter from two amazing parents.
As the weeks went by I was able to watch the puppies grow. I watched Cayenne as she took such good care of them, how from week to week they discovered a new sense of adventure, and how they each had developed their own personalities.
At 7 weeks, I picked the male and female I wanted to keep. The female (Kindle) I kept for her temperament. She was sweet, calm, gentle, and loved to snuggle more than any dog I'd met; even more then her mom! The male (Hero) I kept for many different reasons. He had a blocky head, nice conformation, and had the cutest bunch of wrinkles on his face. He also had an outgoing temperament that seemed to love life and was always ready for whatever came his way.
Now those two puppies are all grown up and beautiful, as you can see from the pictures below:
Hero now has his own litter of puppies. On December 30th, only a few days after Christmas, Merlot had a litter of the first ever Hero puppies. I cannot even explain how exciting it was to see the product of his first litter, and how he puts the "Hero look" on his puppies. Again I get to experience this line of puppies from week to week as they discover new adventures, each develop their own personalities, and are all so beautiful.
To see more info on these puppies you can go to the Fox Red Lab Pups page.
Whenever our puppy customers from out of state hear that Minnesota is having "terribly" cold weather, they call us to make sure that all the dogs are okay. "The poor babies, they must be freezing! How do they cope? Oh my! So much snow for those little sweeties to deal with!"
The truth is, our dogs LOVE the snow.
They'll jump into the air, dive head first into the few feet of snow, and then they dig themselves underneath the snow as far as possible....
...and come out the top in a dramatic entrance; almost as if to say "Peek-a-boo, betcha didn't see that coming!"
Here are some more pictures to show how much our dogs really do enjoy the snow.
~ Below are all the activities our family has had with the dogs from 2012 and back. These are fun and special memories that are always a joy to share and look back on. ~
Cayenne has always been a sort of nanny dog to our puppies, and was a great role model for the ones that we kept back. Although her and Kindle spend a lot of time together, Cayenne can still be a "mother" to her.
So now Trevor's dog Diamond is assuming the place of being a nanny to Kindle.
Kindle with her buddy (Trevor's Dog) Diamond.
I've also been working with Hero some. He's a fun loving dog that just enjoys life and every little thing about it. He's definitely a smart dog and is coming along in his training quite well. 4-H starts in April, and I'm confident that these two will be ready when it comes time to start training for the fair.
A couple weeks ago we took Cayenne, Kindle, Hero, and Diamond for a walk. The lighting was pretty good so we got some decent pictures.
Brother and Sister
Just yesterday, we went for another walk. This time it was Cayenne, Diamond, Kindle, and Summer.
Mom took the camera with because the sun was just going down. These are all her pictures. It's so much fun when you don't have to pay anything to make a memory that will last a lifetime. This was one of those fun memories.
We we're each trying to get the dogs together so mom could take a picture of them as a group with the sunset in the background. They all thought it was a fun game.
Trevor trying to lift the sunset.
Our neighbor's cows
No this wasn't a planned thing. Mom was trying to take a picture of Trevor and Diamond together, so she had them go up on the hay bale. Well..... You know how the saying goes. Dogs always look like their owners. Well it's apparent that they also tend to have similar attention spans when it comes to photography time.
A boy and his dog:
Mom and Dad promised each of us kids a dog. Christian picked out Cali for his dog, I picked out Cayenne as mine, and Angela is waiting for the right promised wedding present (puppy). Naturally Trevor asked mom and dad if it could be his turn. Oh, Summer is a great dog for him to bring to 4-H, but he wanted his own puppy; one that was really his. So last year on June 26th Breezy had a litter of 6 healthy puppies sired by Booker.... A certain female caught Trevor's eye, and he decided that this was the one. Her name is Diamond; I don't think Trevor could have picked out a better pup. She is a light ivory color with a little fringe of yellow on her ears, her beautiful brown eyes are always observant, and she has cute feet that are amazingly quick to act.
Diamond is a born retriever - literally. She is also very smart. She will retrieve anything of the normal (sticks, balls, training dummies etc.) but she also loves retrieving the rope tied to our sled. Over the winter Trevor would take out his orange sled and let Diamond drag it around the yard. She will go through banks of snow, over hills, and even pull it up our hay bales. One time she even jumped on and rode it down a snow bank.
Trevor had a fun time the first night of dog training at 4-H. Him and Diamond would walk or trot around the ring, and he loved the little challenges that our trainers would ask him to do. I'm not sure who was enjoying obedience more, Trevor or Diamond. One thing is for sure; Diamond certainly is a social butterfly. She loved inching a little more towards one dog when she was supposed to be healing next to her young owner, or giving our trainers kisses when they came to see how she was doing.
Today I took pictures of those two when we went for a walk.
I also couldn't help shooting a couple random pictures. It's so nice to go for a walk and not have to wear winter clothes! It's finally getting warmer in Minnesota.
Mom, Trevor, and I went for a walk yesterday. The weather was nice and so was the lighting so mom decided to take the camera along with. Here are some of the pictures her and I got along the way.
Trevor is posing on his new skateboard with a Ruby x Blaze pup.
Here is Trevor running down the driveway, followed by the 11 month old Polar.
Cayenne was having fun in the ditch running through the water.
Dad with his tractor and plow; getting ready to go through the garden that we'll be planting this year. Hopefully with the usual corn, potatoes, squash, and just maybe a watermelon or two.
Not far from our home is the farm where dad grew up. He still loves to do just a little bit of farming.
This is the view of our home as your driving up the road. The trees in the front are our Crab Apples, (They are just starting to get buds on the branches. They'll be full of blooms this year) and then in front of the house is the play ground.
Around our house mom planted her favorite flowers. She has her Hasta's, Ferns, and other flowers as well in her rock and shade garden. Then on the East side of our house are the bleeding hearts. These have always been a family favorite; starting with my Grandma Dorothy.
I let Midnight's litter of Puppies run around with Cayenne.
We call her "Nanny Cayenne" because she loves the puppies and keeps them close.
She is always very gentle, but plays with them when they get to come outside.
Midnight's girl was playing peek-a-boo behind one of our small crab apple tree's.
She is pretty cute and was having lots of fun.
Here Cayenne is playing with Midnight's Girl by the swing set.
Angela and Christian came home for Christmas. We had so much fun, Christmas is definitely the happiest time of the year. I got to spend special time with Christian going to our town's gas station and grabbing some ice cream. We talked, and laughed for quite a while. It was very fun. With Angela we decided that we would go to Banning state park and take Dove and Cayenne with us and take some pictures. I am so glad that we did. It was one of the most fun times I've had with Angela. Here are some of our pictures with the dogs.
We brought mom's Nikon with so we couldn't take a picture of all of us together. So instead we took turns standing with our dogs in either the bushes, or by the trees, or by a bench. Sometimes we'd hold both of the dogs.
This picture turned out great. The dogs were looking at a squirrel when we took it.
Angela is doing her model pose :)
Towards the end of the walk when Angela and I decided to head back to the truck, we were amazed at how well the dogs were toughing it out. They were up to anything we asked. Climbing onto a tree for a picture, or resisting the urge for chasing after squirrels. We also couldn't believe that they weren't showing any signs of tiring out yet. Well, we got into the truck, drank the last of our hot coco, and then looked back and seen Dove and Cayenne as comfortable as ever already sleeping. We both laughed at how tuckered out they were. It was so much fun for all of us though. And I am glad that we did it.
~ Below are all the activities our family has had with the dogs from 2010 and back. These are fun and special memories that are always a joy to share and look back on. ~
I went to the nursing home with a friend of mine,
her dog, mom, and Summer. It was Summer's first time at the nursing home
and she did great!!
2008 at State 4-H time, there was a professional photographer who took pictures of Cayenne,
Gunner, and me with them both. It was lots of fun and the pictures are great!
Taking little random pics of the dogs is so much fun. And a lot of times you get more then you were even hoping.
Here are a few pictures that were like that.
This is Mattie and Cayenne.
Dove, Summer, and Cayenne love to lie in the shade during the heat of the day.
This is such a peaceful picture, one of my favorites.
Summer, Chloe, Cayenne, and Dove all love playing with each other.
It's lots of fun to see the dogs interact together. It's also lots of fun catching the action with a camera.
I took this picture when it was about 6:30 in the evening with overcast skies.
The lighting in pictures plays a huge part, and it's lots of fun when you get it just right.
Coco was the very first Labrador that we had. As you can see in the picture..... She's definitely
my dad's dog.
The Kettle river is lots of fun for us and the dogs to go to. Brook especially loves it.
Puppies are fun for EVERYONE!!!!
Lab's don't just love people and the water...........
..........They love the mud too.
The guys are out huntin' up some fun!!!!
Going for walks is lots of fun. Especially right after a rain when the pond nearby is full of water for the Labs to splash, and do a bit of fetching around in.
Brook's pretty tired after working hard to jump up and onto the
This is one of my favorite pictures!!! Caleb is a Gunner puppy
Like father like son!!
You can't tell me that these guys aren't "Family Loved."
This is another one of my favorites.
After a big snowfall dad takes his tractor and plows all of the snow into one big
pile for the dogs, Trevor, and I. In this picture Trevor was five, I was 11, and Cayenne
was just a baby about 14 weeks old.
I think that it wold be better for her to look at the camera rather then Yawn at the
camera. But it's still cute anyway.
This is Christian with one of Sadie's last litter of puppies.
This is me with Summer just a few days after we got her. She looks so much like
This picture is another one of my favorites. I love the camera that we use that stops the
Playing outside with the puppies is lots of fun for yourself and the puppies.
Isn't Sadie's boy cute?!?!
The girls are out suntanning!! But Brook would rather be in the water.
We take all the puppies out so they can run outside and have some fun. Once the
puppies are weaned they really like to follow you and it's great training for them.
This time it was Dad's turn to exercise them.
I love this picture of mom's 2 girls. She really likes it too.
Dove is pretty young in this one.
Having younger kids play with puppies is great medicine for them both!!!
This is our friend Crosby holding a little girl out of Mocha's first
This is my cousin holding a puppy out of Coco's litter. The puppy is being very
This picture is of me, my friend Nikki, Trevor, and a puppy that I was training.
When we train the puppies we like bringing them to different places for socializing.
This time we brought Sydney to the park. He did pretty well there too.
Here at Family Loved Labs we have 3 exercise fences for the dogs to run in.
These fences give the dogs plenty of room to run and play. As you will see in the pictures........
The dogs absolutely love them!!
Sandy was another dog that I trained. She was lots of fun and very smart.
She is a full sister to Sydney.
Another family favorite is going to the game fair. The game fair
is completely for hunting dogs and one of the sports that you do there with
your dog is jumping off a dock. Booker seemed to enjoy it!!!
4-H and AKC
Is so much fun!!!
I have been involved in 4-H for nine years now, and have loved every minute of it. It's a great learning experience and they teach you so many things. I am so thankful that I got into 4-H, and I have had some of the best years at 4-H too. Here are some current news/pictures and also some looking back in the past.
4-H in 2010
Well, on Sept 25th, I went to state with Noble and Gunner. They both did well, and we got a few pictures.
Here is Gunner and I in Showmanship.We received a Blue ribbon.
Thanks mom for taking such great pictures!
In obedience Gunner didn't do as well as in Showmanship. He received a red ribbon.
But like they say, dogs can act kind of funny at State sometimes! You just have to work
hard and hope for the best.
Noble and I
This picture was taken during Obedience
Noble received a Blue in Obedience, and a red in Rally.
Here is my beautiful boy Noble. He looked great for the show and had a gorgeous dark chocolate coat.
He is also developing a very beautiful head.
4-H in 09
Cayenne and Gunner got a few Reserved and Grand Champions, and Trevor got a Cloverbud medal.
Trevor in the ring with just his dog and the judge. Trevor did very well with Summer. She co-operated and Trevor was very proud.
Showmanship with Gunner. Gunner got reserved champion in Showmanship. He stood nicely and was very good.
Getting ready for figure eight and obedience. Gunner did well in obedience and Rally-O. He Got Reserved Champion in obedience and Grand Champion in Rally-O.
Obedience with Cayenne. Cayenne did very well in the ring. She got a reserved Grand Champion.
Resting after a big day.
Cayenne in agility. She did great this year. In agility she got Grand Champion and she had a clean run.
4-H in 08
In this picture I am showing in showmanship with my boy Gunner. Gunner is a lot of fun to do this
with cause of how hard he tries to do his best for me. This sport is a bit challenging. But Gunner
always seems to find a way to make it fun.
In this one I am doing agility with Gunner.
Competing is lots of fun. But so are the awards.
My Very First AKC Show!!!
I had so much fun with Dove. She was great to work with and the judges were amazing. It was a great experience and I am excited for the next one coming up.
I absolutely LOVE the top and bottom picture here. Going to show's can be stressful and when you
get into the show ring, nervousness is hard to not have. But having Dove was such a blessing and so
much fun. She is always looking up at me waiting for what's next and she always has that fun loving
smile on her face. When you see that you really can't help but smile and have fun yourself.
Going to St. Cloud to take Dove to her very first AKC confirmation show. She did great and was definitely the happiest dog out there. Her tail was swinging back and forth and she looked like she had a smile on her face. It was a great experience and we had fun too.
Even though her show was shorter then half-an-hour she acted like she needed a power nap!
You can call my mom Rosie at 320.245.0235
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